These are the best Apple products for students: MacBook, iPad, AirTag and more
Apple has managed to establish a solid portfolio of devices for all sorts of users, be it working professionals, artists, and content creators. It’s back-to-school season, which means it’s a great time to invest in a new device especially if you’re a student who prefers Apple’s ecosystem. From laptops to tablets, here are some of the best Apple products for students.
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- Best budget laptop: Apple MacBook Air
- Best budget tablet: Apple iPad 10.2-inch
- Best wireless earphones: Apple AirPods
- Best performance tablet: Apple iPad Pro M1
- Best laptop for power users: Apple MacBook Pro 16
- Best tracking device: Apple AirTag
- Best AiO desktop: Apple 24-inch iMac M1
Best budget laptop: Apple MacBook Air
The MacBook Air has been the choice of many, thanks to its fairly low price point compared to other products under the Mac lineup. With the latest model making use of the M1 Silicon chipset, it’s now more powerful than ever, while at the same time, very efficient. You can get it with an 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage for $999 or an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage for $1,249.
Apple is also running an offer for university students where, if you purchase a Mac or iPad, you can get a free pair of AirPods.
Best budget tablet: Apple iPad 10.2-inch
Tablets have become a great tool for the education sector as they’re more portable and lighter than laptops and offer plenty of performance for students. Apple’s entry-level iPad is recommended for all age groups. With the latest model offering support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, the tablet is way more productive than ever.
The 2020 iPad comes with a 10.2-inch display, A12 Bionic chipset, and the option of either 32GB or 128GB of storage with or without cellular 4G connectivity. As mentioned before, if you’re a university student and happen to buy a Mac or iPad, you can get yourself a pair of AirPods for free.
Best wireless earphones: Apple AirPods
Having a pair of AirPods makes things quite convenient and should definitely be on your list of back-to-school items. Not only are they useful while attending online classes and tutorials, but they are also a great companion when you want to listen to music or catch up on the latest shows online without disturbing your peers. They are quite handy to use and can be paired easily with almost any device using Bluetooth.
Best performance tablet: Apple iPad Pro M1
Apple’s latest iPad Pro is packed with the new M1 Silicon chipset, the same chipset powering the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and the new 24-inch Mac. Essentially it’s the most powerful tablet on the market today. Pair it with the new Magic Keyboard, and you have a tablet that can match the productivity and practicality of a full-fledged laptop. The tablet also supports the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil, making taking notes a lot easier and an excellent canvas for art students.
Best laptop for power users: Apple MacBook Pro 16
The MacBook Pro 16 is a recommended laptop for students looking for a powerful machine that can handle heavy tasks without working up a sweat. It can be configured with up to a 9th-gen Intel Core i9 processor that comes with 8-cores and a boost clock speed of up to 5GHz, up to 8TB of storage, 64GB of memory, and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics with 8GB of GDDR6.
Essentially, this is the most powerful MacBook you can get today and should serve well for students who are into content creation.
Best tracking device: Apple AirTag
A convenient way to keep track of your things, you can attach an AirTag to stuff you’re most likely to misplace, like keys, a wallet, or just throw one in your backpack. Using the Find My app, you can quickly locate them without having to turn your house upside down. The tracker can play a sound on the built-in speaker making it easier to hunt for lost items.
Additionally, the geolocation feature lets you locate your item on a map as the tracker sends out a secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by nearby Apple devices in the Find My network. These devices send the location of your AirTag to iCloud.
Best AiO desktop: Apple 24-inch iMac M1
The new 24-inch iMac is an excellent AiO desktop PC for students. With the ability to log into different profiles using Touch ID, the entire family can also use the iMac without worrying about privacy. It’s powered by the Apple M1 Silicon and comes in seven color options available in this sleek and refreshing design. The new iMac also comes with a 4.5K Retina display, a six-speaker system supporting Dolby Atmos, an advanced 1080p camera for doing video calls, and a starting price of $1,299.
These are some of the best Apple products for students. Apple also has special discounts and offers for students on its official website, so make sure you check them out as well. We expect new MacBook models and a smaller iPad to launch later this year, so we will be updating this list. We also have dedicated lists of the best Macs and a roundup of the best iPads you can buy today.